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Friday, April 18, 2014

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 71, Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

1. Now British aid is linked to conflict in Burma (Anna Roberts)


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Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:25:40 -0500
From: Anna Roberts <anna.roberts@burmacampaign.org.uk>
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Now British aid is linked to conflict in
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Dear friend

Last week we emailed you about the census in Burma, funded by the British government, and how it had triggered anti-Rohingya violence which left children dead and thousands without lifesaving aid.



We asked you to email the Minister in charge of British aid, calling for an inquiry into why ?10m of British aid was used for this census, despite warnings it could lead to violence.



Now the situation has got even worse. In Kachin State, in the north-east of Burma, the Burmese Army has attacked an area where thousands of civilians live. The area is under the control of the Kachin Independence Organisation, an armed political group demanding more rights and protection for the ethnic Kachin. The Burmese Army used the pretext of collecting census data in this area to launch its new military offensive.



More than a thousand people have been forced to flee these attacks. Many have already been forced to flee Burmese Army attacks twice before since 2011. They had to run for their lives, leaving what few possessions they had behind. One 25-year old man, Brang Maw, was seriously injured by a Burmese Army mortar bomb.


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British aid should not be linked to conflict in this way. The British government was warned that there would be a great number of problems, including possible loss of life, if the census went ahead. They ignored all the warnings. Even today, with the census discriminating against the Rohingya, costing lives and linked to conflict in Kachin State, the British government is still officially giving its support, and therefore credibility, to this flawed and lethal census.



If you didn?t take the action calling for an inquiry when we emailed last week, please do so now.



You can take action here.<http://burmacampaign.org.uk/take-action/aid-to-burma/census-funding-inquiry/>



Thank you

Anna

Burma Campaign UK


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